On this week’s episode of Eat Your Words, Cathy is joined in studio by Megan Elias, author of Food on the Page, the first comprehensive history of American cookbooks from the early 1800s to the present day. Following food writing through trends such as the Southern nostalgia that emerged in the late nineteenth century, the Francophilia of the 1940s, countercultural cooking in the 1970s, and today’s cult of locally sourced ingredients, Elias reveals that what we read about food influences us just as much as what we taste.

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